A1c and blood sugar ave

By Danni-the-diabetic Latest Reply 2010-01-17 14:50:01 -0600
Started 2010-01-10 17:33:35 -0600

I cant afford for my Dr. to check my A1c because of the lack of health insurance (anyone else have problems getting insurance?), so I was wondering if I average my blood sugars for the past three months, would that be pretty much the same as checking my A1c? I guess what I am asking is, what's the difference?

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allan1414 2010-01-17 14:50:01 -0600 Report

In my case the difference is BIG! I check my blood sugars more often when they are too low or too high… or I avoid checking it when it is too high because I don't want to know… or I forget to check because I don't care for a while. I also do not check at all when I am asleep. All this means that when I average my blood test results I get a very biassed result compared to the A1c.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-01-11 21:31:28 -0600 Report

Thankyou everybody! I am going to go look for the test at a pharmacy - it seems to be pretty important to know and I am going to pray that my numbers are better than when I had it tested two years ago, even though those numbers didnt mean much to me, they mean alot more to me now that I know.

cc9 2010-01-12 00:46:47 -0600 Report

good luck with your numbers danni. i was told that the A1C shows overall how your diabetes management has been going that is on an even keel rather than big lows and big highs.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-01-14 22:39:27 -0600 Report

It would be really intersting to see, however I am afraid to know…

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-14 23:08:08 -0600 Report

What you don't know, can hurt you, so better to KNOW then take charge and be in better control of your illness. Good Luck!! Pat R

cc9 2010-01-15 02:36:46 -0600 Report

absolutely. having information means you are empowered to make better decisions.

Deb-G 2010-01-15 10:09:53 -0600 Report

A1c and daily testing offer different things…yet similar…

If your A1c is good you can feel good about it…BUT…if you experience hypoglycemic events etc while this doesn't make your A1c bad…its IS BAD because it effects your brain…(damage etc)…So while A1c indicates overall control you really want to be aware of how high or low you are going at individual moments as well…

Its important for the fasting test to make sure that is in good range…and then its also important to test before, and 1 hour after meals sometimes too…Certain foods could spike you way up…those are the foods you want to stay away from…but you wont know what they are unless your testing to see…

Testing is so annoying :( but its honestly the only way we can pilot our own vessel…

I hope everything turns out to be in good form for you Danni…but its def better to know then not know :)

Deb-G 2010-01-16 13:13:17 -0600 Report

Yes a severe low causes damage…that cannot be repaired…after severe low comes seizure…so…its important to not be low Or High :)

RNSTUCKUPNORTH 2010-01-11 15:56:11 -0600 Report

I have health insurance but I still use the home tests from Rite-aide on occasion. This saves me a co-pay at the doctors office. I have found them to be very accurate. You must remember the A1C is just a tool in the tool belt we use to control this disease. An A!C in the 6 range may look controlled to your doctor, but frequent severe low as well as highs can average out to a normal A!C. This is why it is only a portion of the entire diabetic picture. Good luck and God bless.

Deb-G 2010-01-11 10:12:17 -0600 Report

A1c is an average of your blood sugars to a more specific degree..meaning nothing overlooked…Where as your own personal testing can be a "not as accurate" average because you are testing only at certain times and may not test at a particular time where you are high or low…

*If you want to see what average your A1c is indicating there are conversion charts that take your A1c and translate that to a home treatment number average…and then you'll see that your average range is 100 or 130 or 200…so you can see what the number indicates if you use the conversion chart :)

The A1c test should be used in addition to your daily blood sugar testing. The A1c is an average of what your blood sugar has been over the last three months. The only way you know for certain what your blood sugar level is at any given time is to test. So, it is still important that you test your blood several times each day for effective management.

Someone else mentioned A1c tests available over the counter…I'd def do that to see how it shows…I dont know much about those as far as reliability but i'm assuming they must be fairly accurate to be on the shelves?

Be well :)

John Crowley
John Crowley 2010-01-11 09:49:35 -0600 Report

The A1c gives you better insights into what is going on with your blood sugar 24/7 for the last two to three months. Your glucometer tests are simply snapshots in time. Your blood sugar may be going up or may be dropping fast, but your glucometer only tells you what it's doing in that one moment.

The A1c is affected by all your highs and all your lows. So it can reveal insights that your glucometer will miss. That's the biggest difference.

Best of luck.

kdroberts 2010-01-11 06:39:13 -0600 Report

No, it would not be the same since an A1c is not an average of blood sugars. There are many at home tests, Walmarts relion that you mail off is $9 and Walgreens sells a 5 minute test which comes in a 2 pack for $30 or there abouts.

Hinboyz3 2010-01-11 06:34:07 -0600 Report

My son had the same problems Danni-the-diabetic, after all the long drawn out hoops he had to jump thru for the insurance, they still denied him. Now he has to appeal it all over.

cc9 2010-01-11 02:27:21 -0600 Report

i think it is appalling that provision of health is not available to all under a public health scheme. i am thankful that all my bloodwork is covered by medicare in australia. good luck with your A1C